Who Should Apply
The Virginia Progressive Leadership Project specifically recruits, supports and trains people of color, women, people who identify as LGBTQ, immigrants, young people and people from working-class communities.
VAPLP is specific in the people we serve because we understand that gender, race,
ethnicity, economic status, age, and sexuality often limit a person's access to leadership
development opportunities. We believe that everyone should see themselves reflected
in the leadership of our communities, non-profit organizations, and elected officials.
Women are often vastly under-represented in leadership positions, we are committed to closing the gap by supporting women leaders.
People of Color
People of color make up over thirty-percent of Virginia's population, we believe leadership at all levels in the Commonwealth should reflect the growing diversity of our state.
Diversity is not limited to race and gender. We believe leadership should reflect a diversity of experiences, sexual orientations, gender identity and expression, class, education levels, abilities, geographic locations, and origins. Our goal is for leadership in Virginia to reflect the full diversity of the people who live here.